"America's Got Talent" Winner Grace VanderWaal Is Unrecognizable Now
The 16-year-old just debuted a new edgier look, complete with a buzzed 'do.
Grace VanderWaal won over America's Got Talent judges in 2016 at the young age of 12 with her unique voice, her ukulele, and her adorable blonde bob. But now, the 16-year-old singer is all grown up and rocking a new edgy look. This week, she flaunted her style transformation on social media, and fans are doing a double take. Read on to see what VanderWaal is up to now, and for more transformations to get you in the holiday spirit, check out This Is What All the "Home Alone" Kids Look Like Now.
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VanderWaal recently debuted her buzzed hair and bold makeup on social media.
On Dec. 20, VanderWaal shared an image on Instagram showcasing her shaved head and geometric lines drawn on her face, one across the ridge of her nose and the other down her eyebrow. Some fans speculated that they were tattoos, however, the next day, VanderWaal shared a TikTok video and they appeared to be gone. But she did add a dramatic element to her look by dying her buzz cut hot pink. And for more young stars with bold hairdos, check out Victoria Beckham's Son Just Shocked Her by Revealing This on Instagram.
She shared a video of her friend shaving her head earlier this month.
On Dec. 4, VanderWaal invited fans to watch her style transformation, sharing a video of herself getting her head shaved by a friend with dog clippers. "I did it," she captioned the Instagram post.
Want to know more about how VanderWaal has evolved over the years? Read on to find out. And for another young star who's all grown up, check out This Is What the Actor Who Played Cindy Lou Who Looks Like Now.
She got her big break on America's Got Talent four years ago.
VanderWaal started performing at a young age, posting videos of her original music and cover songs on YouTube. In 2016, the doe-eyed tween got her big break when she made it onto the 11th season of America's Got Talent with judge Howie Mandel pressing the golden buzzer for her. She then dazzled fans with her unique voice and superior string skills, winning first place. The same year, she released an EP, Perfectly Imperfect, with Columbia Records that featured the hit original song she auditioned with, "I Don't Know My Name." And for more successful reality show stars, check out The 30 Most Successful Reality TV Personalities of the Last 30 Years.
She opened for Florence and the Machine at just 15 year old.
Running on the steam of her big AGT win, VanderWaal dropped her first album, Just the Beginning, in 2017. The album peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 music chart. She continued releasing music the next few years and put out another EP, Letters Vol 1, in 2019. The same year, she was featured as the opening act on Florence and the Machine's High as Hope tour. And for more celebrity news delivered right to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
She just made her major acting debut.
VanderWaal proved she has more than just a gorgeous voice, nabbing her first major acting role in Disney+'s 2020 film Stargirl. She played the lead, Stargirl Caraway, in the teen love story, lending her voice to the film as well. "She ropes us into the mystery of her character reveal with heaping amounts of magnetism and grounded authenticity," Variety wrote of VanderWaal's debut performance. "It's no surprise that the music-driven scenes really showcase her power." And for movies that didn't earn such raves this year, check out The Worst Movie of 2020, According to Critics.